Federer advances to 11th Halle final

Federer came into Halle having lost to Tommy Haas in the first round at Stuttgart last week as he played for the first time in nearly three months after opting to skip the clay court season. Both players have been in exceptional form this year with Federer winning his 18Grand Slam while Zverev won his first Masters 1000 title at Rome.

Federer, ranked No. 5 in the world, lost to Zverev in last year's Halle semifinals but beat him last year in Rome.

Germany's Zverev, 20, beat Federer in last year's semi-final, but could not match the 18-time Grand Slam champion.

Federer was broken early and again when serving for the match at 5-4. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points.

"I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set".

He survived a break point in the opening game of the second set - the only chance created by Zverev - before sealing victory with a backhand volley.

Lopez swept through the first tie-break to level the match, before holding on in increasingly gusty conditions for the sixth ATP title of his career.

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Federer, 35, has yet to drop a set after three matches in Halle this week while his win on Friday took his head-to-head record against Mayer to 8-0, with five of those wins coming on grass.

Federer and Zverev, touted by many as a future superstar, are now 1-1 in head-to-head matches. He's playing really good tennis.

Federer showing his class, did not waste much time in clinching the second set and easily cruised to the winning mark, thrashing Zverev 6-3 in the second set.

Federer, will be seeded ahead of his Spanish rival for Wimbledon, which starts in eight days.

The Swiss star will now face Russian 21-year-old Karen Khachanov for a place in the final with either Richard Gasquet or Alexander Zverev.

This is going to be a fun match between these two talented players, as Zverev is growing up before our eyes and Federer is, well, Federer. "I have spent a lot of time on practice, training and rehab so it is nice to be back on court".

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